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Interior Minister launched second phase of administration’s reforms

Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák on Thursday, April 18, introduced the “Effective, Reliable and Open State Administration” in its 2.0 version, i.e. its second phase. He slated it to be the biggest administration’s reform since 1989.

Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák on Thursday, April 18, introduced the “Effective, Reliable and Open State Administration” in its 2.0 version, i.e. its second phase. He slated it to be the biggest administration’s reform since 1989.

The Sme daily wrote in its Friday issue that ministry plans to formally scrap 248 offices, which will be transferred under 72 district offices as of October. Although this step will cut only about 100 positions, Kaliňák claims the reform will save state coffers €11.5 million per year. The next phase, ESO 3.0, shall introduce more contact points for citizens so as to make communication with state administrations easier.

The ESO could save more than the originally expected €700 million by 2016, Kaliňák said at a press conference on Thursday. "Despite the fact that we pledged to save €50 million in 2013, we had to speed up the savings process taking into account the developments in the economy. It will be €97 million on cuts vis-a-vis efficient management of the state administration and another €30 million saved on salaries," said Kaliňák as quoted by the TASR newswire, adding that further savings should take place in 2014.

The ESO won't contribute to better management and higher quality of public administration bodies; rather it will facilitate the minister's ability to concentrate greater powers in his own hands, said Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) caucus chair Lucia Žitňanská in reaction to Kaliňák on Thursday. She went on to explain that while the major reform initiative is aimed at tackling the issue of the ineffectively large and costly system of public administration bodies, it could also involve expensive public procurements and the interference of politics in this sphere in terms of nominations and political control, for example. As for the volume of savings, Žitňanská observed, as quoted by TASR, that it will be difficult to save the estimated €700 million by the end of 2016.

(Source: Sme, TASR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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